Being kind to the environment is something that is extremely important to us here at Al Manaratain. As a company, we are always looking for new and innovative ways that we can use sustainable building materials while also improving the overall quality of our products and the projects they are used on. We are proud to say that so far we now use recycled glass aggregate, crushed recycled concrete, and also artificial stone in projects as opposed to natural stone.
Why You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
Each and every year there are tons and tons of wastage from both households and construction, where actually the vast majority of it can be recycled into something new that can be made practical. This is certainly the case when it comes to recycled glass aggregate. Some of the glass in our households is recycled to create more glass, which is brilliant – however, there is still a large majority of glass left over. A new and one of the newer methods of reusing glass is to create recycled glass aggregate that can be used in construction. Glass aggregate is simply made by incorporating glass into a traditional concrete mix, crushed recycled glass can be used as a complete fine aggregate replacement in concrete which can be created by recycled glass aggregate suppliers. In the construction sector, recycled glass is used in concrete glass asphalt, back-fill, substrate, tiles, masonry blocks, flooring and other decorative purposes. The benefits of glass aggregate, other than being a sustainable building material of course, if that it is also cost-effective, as there is no extra quarrying and also that it adds more architectural value to your property in the long run.
Another material that we see huge amounts of wastage in is concrete. Disposing of any leftover concrete or building material after demolition or on completion of a remodel or new construction can be a time-consuming and difficult task to complete. With a worldwide restriction on depositing concrete rubble in landfills due to ongoing environmental concerns, the construction industry has looked to find ways of reusing leftover concrete to our benefit and crushed recycled concrete is just one way we have come up with. By recycling and repurposing the concrete aggregate, the leftover material can be reused in future construction projects to help make them both more economically and more ecologically viable.
One thing to remember when it comes to sustainable construction is that often using environmentally friendly products often costs less to produce, therefore it really is a win-win for everyone.
Use Sustainable Building Materials From The Start
If you are starting a new build, rather than a renovation project – we would always recommend that you opt for sustainable building materials from the start of your project. Numerous eco-friendly building materials have emerged in the marketplace to reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operations. For example, Bamboo, reclaimed metal and reclaimed wood are all excellent examples of sustainable building materials…
Bamboo has a high strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional durability – even greater compressive strength than brick or concrete – so it can take a beating without being replaced very often, this makes bamboo a viable choice for flooring and cabinetry.
Because it is lightweight, bamboo is less energy-intensive to transport than many other materials of comparable durability. A drawback is that it requires treatment to resist insects and rot; untreated bamboo has starch that insects like, and it can swell and crack when it absorbs water.
Unfortunately, Bamboo is not currently available in Bahrain, but the beneficial properties of the material are hard to ignore so we predict that it will become widely utilised in the future.
Reclaimed Or Recycled Wood & Metal
Recycled metal is a long-lasting material that does not need frequent replacement. It tends not to burn or warp, making it a viable option for roofing, structural supports and building façades. It’s also water and pest resistant. Reclaimed metals, such as plumbing components, sometimes can be used in their existing forms instead of having to be recycled and manufactured into a new product.
Like recycled metal, reclaiming and reusing wood reduces is also a great sustainable building material. Wood does have less strength though, so each piece’s integrity should be assessed and chosen for an appropriate project. Reclaimed wood can be used for a plethora of building purposes, including structural framing, flooring, siding and cabinetry. Density varies by the type of wood and some stand up better over time. However, most wood is susceptible to insects and degradation, reinforcing the need to thoroughly inspect each reclaimed piece which is something to be considered.
Hollow core slabs are pre-stressed concrete elements, cast with advanced extrusion technique. Cores are made in the thickness running along the length with advanced machinery. Precast concrete slabs are manufactured in different thickness and length, with the standard width of the slabs being 1200 mm. To ensure the highest quality possible, Al Manaratain precast production and erection procedures comply with British standards and ministry specifications.
Hollow core slabs are lighter by less than 50% of normal reinforced concrete slabs, therefore less concrete is used to achieve the same effect. This enables the design of a light structural frame, the reduced structural frame and flooring slabs lead to reduce the size of the foundation. This is a better alternative if you are running a project where you would like to be as eco-friendly as possible. This saves the construction time and overall cost of the project. It is also resistant to all weather conditions, meaning that they will take minimal upkeep and maintenance.
With the upcoming introduction of our Recycled Glass Aggregate and our ongoing commitment to solar energy, Al Manaratain is dedicated to becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly. If you would like more information on sustainable building materials and how you can use them within your building project, please feel free to contact a member of our team today.